De Nieuwe Kerk

A comprehensive exhibition about Suriname opened at De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam, October 2019. The Great Suriname Exhibition tells the fascinating story of the country and its inhabitants, a community of people from different backgrounds. The exhibition covers the entire cultural history of Suriname, from the earliest settlements to the independent republic it is today. This is the biography of one of South America’s most diverse countries. The exhibition closes on 2 February 2020.

300+ objects

Visitors will be able to explore the country and its history in an impressive setting. The exhibition comprises more than three hundred objects, ranging from archaeological artifacts, photographs, historical documents and clothing to works of contemporary and applied art, film and music from museums and private collections in Suriname and the Netherlands, including the Museum of Suriname (Paramaribo), the Royal Collections (The Hague) and the Tropenmuseum (Amsterdam), which has generously provided more than a hundred objects on loan to the exhibition. Large-scale audiovisual presentations will this colorful and diverse exhibition to life.

Unexpected and personal perspectives

The exhibition presents a comprehensive view of Suriname in all its aspects and offers surprising perspectives. There are many eye-opening revelations about the original inhabitants, plantation culture, slavery, contract workers, cultural diversity, the historic inner city of Paramaribo, the Suriname River and the country’s rich flora and fauna. The exhibition covers well-known historical events but also gives the people of Suriname a voice, as they tell their personal stories in interviews and audiovisual presentations.